Re: Another community thinking about diversity vs convergence

Duncan Johnston-Watt


Very interesting.

Leaving aside legal niceties can we rebadge ourselves as the Hyperledger Foundation?

After all these years I still struggle when saying we are members of the Hyperledger ... 

I often find myself using the F word in conversation (sorry!) and when writing use ecosystem or community as Greenhouse doesn’t communicate anything meaningful to the rest of the world. 

Duncan Johnston-Watt
CEO, Blockchain Technology Partners
+44 777 190 2653 | @duncanjw

On 28 Aug 2019, at 05:39, Brian Behlendorf <bbehlendorf@...> wrote:

The Continuous Delivery Foundation, (yes that's a real URL, stunned me too, didn't realize that TLD was active!) has been having a very similar conversation to our own:

There was referenced the Xerces & XML parsers work, as I believe Arnaud mentioned in another thread.  Kohsuke put it really well: 

I'm a firm believer that the CDF should adopt a similar mindset. We should welcome projects that might disrupt some of our existing projects. And to reiterate the first point, I'm also a firm believer that we should actively recruit projects that are complementary and non-overlapping. Those two goals aren't mutually exclusive.

The OpenJS Foundation, (holy TLDs Batman, I need to get out more) has this issue as well, even more so now that they merged with Node.js Foundation.

As explosive domains of technology well-provisioned by open-source-licensed options hits a crest, the pressure to merge efforts grows pretty naturally as a result of everyone eventually realizing that collaboration beats competition when the product's price is zero.  When that consolidation can play out in an environment where the specific license chosen is the same, where the collaboration tools are mostly or entirely the same, where opportunities to collaborate on the small bits (common libraries, APIs, etc) first are easy and encouraged, then it's much less painful than when it's the MechaGodzilla Foundation vs Mothra Foundation duking it out over Tokyo.


Brian Behlendorf
Executive Director, Hyperledger
Twitter: @brianbehlendorf

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